5 Things You Can Do To Interrupt Racial Bias in the Wake of COVID-19

5 Things You Can Do To Interrupt Racial Bias in the Wake of COVID-19

For those of you who attended the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's National Conference on Diversity, Race & Learning last May, one of our pre-Conference speakers, Ritu Bhasin, reached out to share this guide: "Five Things You Can Do To Interrupt Racial Bias in the Wake of COVID-19."


To those who need love and support because they're experiencing racism — and in particular, people from Asian communities. Ask, “What can I do to support you?” and practice mindful listening.

Practice mindful listening

By taking Harvard's Implicit Association Tests — the Asian IAT, in particular — and completing this bias worksheet, which has been designed to help you address bias.

Harvard’s Implicit Association Tests Bias worksheet

Against comments and behaviors that reflect racial biases and supremacy by leveraging scripting to help you to plan out what you will say in advance of observing offensive conduct.

Leveraging scripting

In order to be better positioned to interrupt your own biases, to speak out against racist behavior and to manage stress during this difficult time. Complete this self-care worksheet.

Self-care worksheet.

If you're on the receiving end of racist behavior at this time. Strategize in advance about how you will address offensive and intolerant conduct by completing this self-reflection worksheet.

Self-reflection worksheet


Books on Interrupting Racial Bias:

  • The Authenticity Principle: Resist Conformity, Embrace Differences, and Transform How You Live, Work, and Lead by Ritu Bhasin. Toronto, ON: Melanin Made Press, 2017.

  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Joy DeGruy, Ph.D. Portland, OR: Uptone Press., 2005.

  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2018.

  • How To Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. New York, NY: One World, 2019.

  • My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP. Las Vegas, NV: Central Recovery Press, 2017.

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2014.

About Ritu Bhasin

Ritu Bhasin, LL.B. MBA, is the President of bhasin consulting inc. (bci), a leading global people strategies firm. Founded in 2010, bci has worked with dozens of world-renowned global organizations and hundreds of leaders across sectors in a range of people strategies areas.

Recognized globally for her diversity and leadership expertise, Ritu has received a number of awards and distinctions for her work. She has extensive experience in delivering programming, consulting and coaching across a range of people management areas with a focus on leadership development, diversity and inclusion and the advancement of women.

Ritu is known for her diversity and inclusion expertise in cultural competence and unconscious bias and is certified to administer cultural competence assessment tools including the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the Intercultural Conflict Style Inventory (ICS). Ritu is also certified in neuroscience coaching strategies for leadership growth having coached hundreds of professionals, including C-Suite leaders and other executives on building their cultural competence to be more inclusive.

Ritu is the author of Amazon-bestselling book The Authenticity Principle and co-author of Sponsor Effect: Canada, a research study examining the experiences that people of color, Indigenous peoples and women have with sponsorship in Canadian workplaces.

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